So you're looking for a voice over coach?
Yes! They do exist!... but you might ask - how should I pick the right voice over coach for me?
You’ve arrived at the point in your voiceover journey where you think you may benefit from the experience and guidance of a coach?
Well done! For many, ‘getting a coach’ seems to be the last resort when ‘everything else’ has been tried out and attempted beforehand.
Really, coaching should almost be the first thing you consider when setting up your voice over business…
Because a ‘good coach’ can help you dodge and weave most of the landmines awaiting a novice voice talent and get you on the road to success, a lot quicker than you’d possibly take to ‘find your VO groove’ all by yourself...
Here are 7 major points on how to know whether you’ve found a coach that can help you in your VO journey…
But before we start, let me take you back...
Sometimes whether you’re a slick and seasoned voiceover professional or a brand new ‘wet behind- the-ears’ beginner, it’s really important to get back to the basics of the craft of providing a great voiceover and like any practice, there are the fundamentals…and today we’ll focus on three of the most important ones…
I can remember my father using this saying when I was young, especially if I’d been a little off the cuff or disrespectful with a snide remark and it was usually followed by a grounding and sometimes a shoe if I didn’t apologize promptly!
But it illustrates the importance of knowing who your audience is!
Who is your audience?
What do they like to do?
What’s important to them?
What drives them?
What interest do they have in your content?
Imagine going to a Doctor who chose not to ask you...
“So, now I’m set up and ready to go, what do I charge for my voiceover services?”
It’s a question that has even the most seasoned voice artist confused, due largely to the ‘shifting sands’ of the voiceover industry…
Now, don’t get me wrong, the shifting sands I’m referring to, are not the tropical jungle quick-sand type, that will swallow you whole, completely gone without a trace…
Although for beginners, the industry may feel a bit that way from time to time…
I’m referring to the ‘shifting sands’ of the voiceover market, which currently feels like the only consistent thing about it, is it’s constantly changing and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s changed again by the time you’ve finished reading this article!
Some time ago, there was no such thing as talent websites, ‘pay to play’ sites...
Here are 5 tips to ensure your voiceover business becomes productive & continues to GROW!
So, you’ve been thinking about your own business for some time now and you’ve finally decided to take the ‘bull by the horns’ throw caution to the wind and start up your own service-based business…
“ Hey guess what everyone? I’ve decided I’m becoming a voiceover talent!”
(Cue raucous applause and cheers from the whole family)
After all, Aunty Gladys has always loved your voice and says you’ll be fabulous! So, how hard can it be, right..?
Voiceover can be lots of fun, after some dedicated practice, coaching and learning to use your audio equipment, it can be a great way to make money and of course, there’s nothing nicer than being able to help others build their own businesses by using your great vocal talents to produce training videos, narrations, phone messages and the like…...
As voice actors, we are continually asking questions like: "Which voice over website should I join" and "What is another website besides Voices.com?" or "... Voice123?".
* Quick Note: In the last week, Voice123 was acquired by Backstage. This is big news and we will be adding more to this article once information is available.
I have wrestled with these questions as many vo artists have myself. So much so, that I couldn't choose without causing myself a considerable headache.
On top of that, I felt I needed to learn more about these companies before I continued to recommend them from personal experience, because, as it stands in 2020, these two websites are considered the largest P2P sites in the world for VO and the cost to join is pretty high up there.
What's is all about anyway?
This article is a guide and comparison of the two platforms side by side from a voice talent perspective, in hopes of helping voice talent get high quality paying jobs....
I'll never forget the first year of my business. It was downright painful.
I don't mean listening to my work was painful, although it might have been, physically, it was painful.
Every single day, I would get up at 6 am, go to work, come home around 6 pm, pick up the kids, get dinner ready, spend time with them, put them to bed, spend a few moments with my wife, and put her to bed around 10 pm.
After she got in bed, I would go outside and get my super-sized army-style duffle bag and drag it into the house, being as quiet as possible, so I didn't wake the kids.
Once I got to the office space, which happened to be on the other side of my little dwelling, out would come the PVC pipes and packing blankets.
I constructed my PVC pipe Hobo Fort, as I called it, based on a number code marked on each tube so I would remember where it all went. After it was up, I had to move the desk and computer so it would fit together and finally attach the...
Finding good scripts is hard, especially ones that give us the “real-life” practice we need to grow as voice actors.
However, do not lose hope, I have put together three tips and tricks you can use to get good scripts to practice voice acting like a rock star (If rock stars practiced voice acting, that is).
A quick note: Whenever you practice, make the most of it and spend a little extra time creating a process that you will follow from beginning to end.
Think of a golfer. Every time they step up to the ball, they have their ritual to bring them to that perfect moment of relaxation, remembrance, and creation. The same goes for us. Start to create a process where you get a script (copy), and you read, research, find your voice, deliver, analyze, modify, edit, master, format, and send off.
This is my method, but you can create your own. Practicing voice acting this way is called "targeted practice."
** Three tips and tricks for finding and creating good practice scripts....
Setting up a phone patch for direction in your vocal booth for voice-over is easier than ever. There are five different ways I recommend setting this up without spending any money.
** The critical thing to remember is that you do not have to pay for this.
Free Method #1: Use your phone
Free Method #2: Zoom
I am excited to talk to you about the people sleeping in voice over right now. And you might be like, Anthony, what the heck are you talking about ... everyone sleeps?
I'm talking about all the people who are not working hard enough to get what they want. There are people making excuses. There are people failing to simply start.
"Courage is crossing the starting line" Amby Burfoot
All of those people choosing to "not start", choosing to not take chances, choosing to sleep when there is plenty of time to do more, are going to lose.
And that is a huge opportunity for you and me.
You see, when I started out in voice over years ago, I didn't have the fancy equipment I have right now. I didn't have a studio or Whisper Room or super expensive mics. All I had was a crazy desire to work and prove myself.
There is not a day that goes by I don't thank my lucky stars that I worked so hard in the beginning.
I remember people asking me about...